Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

White butterfly



Pieris rapae rapae (Linn.)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae

Size range

  • Wingspan 45–50 mm


  • From Europe and North America, in New Zealand since about 1930, found throughout the country

Life History

  • Caterpillars are pests of cabbage and other plants of the Brassicaceae family.
  • Several parasites keep numbers in control
  • Also known as Cabbage White

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